The full line-up for the 2009 LJF (produced by Serious) has now been released and as ever, it’s going to be an extremely busy week in November, with gigs at a dizzying variety of venues across town. The festival has really been pushing itself outside jazz’s traditional boundaries over the last few years, broadening its appeal while not forgoing the jazz core (Sonny Rollins appears yet again) or compromising artistically. These developments are further consolidated here with a mouth-watering array of music, jazz of all shapes and sizes – from Cuba, Poland, Italy and of course, the UK. The main theme for the programme is Jazz Voice, celebrating vocal talent through concerts and workshop events.
Picking just a few highlights, I’m looking forward to pianist Zoe Rahman performing her way across the city, the best world jazz with Roberto Fonseca and Mayra Andrade, the Tomasz Stanko Quintet, American-Indian pianist Vijay Iyer, Detroit-born violinist Regina Carter, post-bop with the Denys Baptiste Quartet, Dave Holland and a start-studded line-up, Mercury nominated post-jazzers Led Bib, Norwegian star pianist Tord Gustavsen and his ensemble, the sharp-suited Empirical and left-field American saxophonist and vocalist Roy Nathanson. Phew, these are just the tip of the iceberg. More to come once the festival starts.
Friday 13 – Sunday 22 November 2009. Find a more at:
The London Jazz Festival website